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Family Movie Review: Skating to New York (PG-13)

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MPAA Rating: PG-13         Length: 93 minutes

Age Appropriate For: 12+. The issue here is largely cursing and slang; the teenage boys use both, and the slang is usually derogatory toward women and sexist. Also some typical hockey violence, including fighting during a game; implied marital infidelity, the suggestion of an abuse parent, and a kiss between a teenage couple.

Teen-boy-focused film ‘Skating to New York’ tries to mix together a love of hockey with a yearning for adolescent adventure. The combination doesn’t exactly work, perhaps because neither plot element is explored as much as it should be.

By Roxana Hadadi

Movies about hockey are few and far between, and for a certain generation (mine!), the “Mighty Ducks” series will always be a pop-culture touchstone. “Skating to New York” wants to be a more serious film than that Disney property, with more of a focus on teenage bonding than on teenage competition, but the film doesn’t devote enough attention to its characters or their interests to be entirely successful.

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